Ardastra Gardens

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Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre is a boutique zoo and conservation area dedicated to educating guests about its native and non-native animals. Guests can explore the habitats of many wild animals. Guests are also free to leave donations, as Ardastra relies on generous donors to care for the animals.

A trip to the zoo is like a walk through the jungle, with furry and feathered friends at every turn. Here, you will see over 135 animals that include servals, monkeys, capybaras and flamingoes that roam freely. To get even closer to these animals, you can take part in one of the exciting and interactive encounters that are included with admission, such as the Flamingo march and the Lory Parrot feeding. Most importantly to the zoo, they offer unique, once in a lifetime opportunities to learn about conservation and the protection of animals and their habitats.

You can easily reach Ardastra from downtown Nassau by catching a #10 bus that can be found in front of the McDonald's across from the Hilton Hotel. Simply tell the bus driver that you want to stop at Ardastra Gardens. Once you are dropped off (across from Arawak Cay), simply follow the signs for a three minute walk.

Nearby Restaurants

If you develop an appetite during your visit to this attraction, don't worry -- you're going to find an exceptionally large selection of restaurants in the general vicinity. Frankie Gone Bananas Restaurant, which serves up Caribbean meals, is also the most convenient option for visitors of this zoo. The restaurant is maybe about a quarter mile away, so stop in and peruse the menu. Also close-by, you and your companions will have eateries such as Twin Brothers Arawak Cay and Café Skans where you will want to sample American cuisine and experience the flavors of the Bahamas.

Nearby Attractions

Additional local activities include Fort Charlotte, which is a quarter mile away Nassau. You might also want to think about making the trip to National Art Galley of The Bahamas, which is another attraction in the area.

Zoos are a great attraction to visit, but there's more to visit in the Bahamas. The following chart includes some other attractions closest to Ardastra Gardens.

Attractions Near Ardastra Gardens
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Fort Charlotte Historic Site 0.2 mi. (5.0 km) E 3.1 mi. North of Nassau
National Art Galley of The Bahamas Museum 0.9 mi. (4.7 km) E Downtown Nassau
Pirates of Nassau Museum 1.1 mi. (4.9 km) E Downtown Nassau
Pompey Museum Museum 1.2 mi. (5.0 km) E Downtown Nassau
Balcony House Museum Museum 1.2 mi. (4.8 km) E Downtown Nassau
Gregory Arch Historic Site 1.2 mi. (4.7 km) E Downtown Nassau
Garden of Remembrance -- 1.4 mi. (4.8 km) E Downtown Nassau
Rawson Square -- 1.4 mi. (5.0 km) E Downtown Nassau

More Information

Hours

The gardens and zoo are open daily from 9:00am until closing at 5:00pm. However, keep in mind that admission into the park ends at 4:00pm.

Ardastra is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Years Day.

Cost

Entry into Ardastra Gardens is $18.75(USD) for adults and $9.50(USD) for children ages four to twelve. Residents receive a slight discount, paying $14.75(USD) for adults and $7.50(USD) for children.

Location: Chippingham (off West Bay Street), Nassau, None

Phone

(242) 323-5806

(242) 394-2146

Website

http://www.ardastra.com/

Email

info@ardastra.com

 

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